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IHSA releases classifications for 2015-16 school year

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IHSA

BLOOMINGTON, Ill.—The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) released the classifications breakdown for the 2015-16, and Kaneland will not see any changes to their sports landscape from the 2014-15 season.

• Baseball: 3A (four classes)
• Basketball (boys and girls): 3A (four classes)
• Cross Country
(boys and girls): 2A (three classes)
• Cheerleading: Middle
(three classes—small, medium, large)
• Dance: 2A (three classes)
• Football: Determined at the
end of the regular season
• Golf (boys): 2A (three classes)
• Golf (girls) AA (two classes)
• Softball: 3A (four classes)
• Scholastic Bowl: AA (two classes)
• Soccer (boys and girls): 2A (three classes)
• Track and Field (boys and girls):
2A (three classes)
• Volleyball: 3A (four classes)
• Wrestling: 2A (three classes)

Enrollment for the high school is up 19 students—1,310 to 1,329 —from the 2014-15 school year to the upcoming year. Since classification cut offs vary from sport to sport depending on the number of schools that participate in each sport throughout the state, the Knights had some close calls this upcoming season. Kaneland was 49 students away from moving up to 4A in basketball, 17 students away from moving to 4A in volleyball, and 11 away from moving up to 3A in track and field.

Photo: A happy, chilly reunion

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Alumni of the Kaneland Cross Country team for the fifth consecutive year braved the cold and met up on Dec. 30 for their annual Alumni 2 Run. The alumni met at Waubonsee Community College and ran 4 miles with head cross country coach Chad Clarey and head track and field coach Eric Baron. The group then had breakfast at the Golden Acres restaurant in Sugar Grove. Photo submitted by Chad Clarey to MPaulson@elburnherald.com

KHS announces All Conference honorees for fall season

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Ninety athletes also earn academic honors

KANELAND—Thirty-four Kaneland High School athletes earned All Conference honors—either first team or honorable mention—for the 2014 fall sports season. In addition, 90 Knights were honored for their academic achievement during their time as student-athletes.

In addition to the honors from the Northern Illinois Big XII conference, these Kaneland
athletes also earned All State honors: Madison Jurcenko (tennis), Angelica Emmanouil (tennis), Samantha Schrepferman (tennis) and Connor Fedderly (football).

2014 Fall Northern Illinois Big XII All Conference

Football:
Connor Fedderly, Dan Hammermeister, Isaac Swithers, Andrew Kray and Drew Franklin.
Honorable Mention: Isaiah Baerenklau.

Volleyball
Ellie Dunn and Riley Hannula.
Honorable Mention: Anna Senese, Kathy Nguyen and Hollie Fedderly.

Boys Soccer
Ivan Bohorquez, Angel Escontrias and Jack Wolf.
Honorable Mention: Felipe Speraggi, Andres Tovar and Matthew Gombar.

Boys Cross Country
Brandon Park and Austin Kintz.

Girls Cross Country
Victoria Clinton, Aislinn Lodwig, Brianna Bower and Andrea Wells.

Tennis
Samantha Schrepferman, Madison Jurcenko, Angelica Emmanouil, Colleen Landers and Stephanie Karolewicz.

Golf
Jesse Denton and Jake Hed.

2014 Fall Northern Illinois Big XII All Conference Academic Honors

Football:
Mitchel Groen, Tanner Robertson, Jacob Gomes, Austin Wheatley, Connor Fedderly, Daniel Hammermeister, Kevin Fuchs and Tyler Kurzrock.
Honorable Mention: Nicholas Soucie, Austin Vickery, Jacob Marczuk, Tyler Paulson, Thomas Price, Luke Olson, Zachary Douglas, Grant Burris, Jorge Espinosa, Brandon Kigyos, Tarkan Cetinal, Steven VanHorn, Alec Aurelio, Nick Wilson and Giovanni Regalado.

Volleyball:
Samantha Burgin, Hollie Fedderly, Riley Hannula, Anna Senese, Brittany Grider, Kathy Nguyen, McKenzie McMullan and AnnMarie Franz.
Honorable Mention: Jordan Hedgren, Rachel Kintz and Ellie Dunn.

Boys Soccer
Jason Carlquist, Sam Wolf, Andrew Mathys, Mark Dhom, Timothy Wachter and John Reed.
Honorable Mention: Ivan Bohorquez, Jack Wolf, Michael Meisenger and Jonathan Turyna.

Boys Cross Country
Austin Kintz, Kyle Osbourne, Alexander Gale, Mitchell Reger, Andrew Lesak and Benjiman Smith.
Honorable Mention: Grant Gingrich, Aaron French, Brandon Cruz, Sean Spaetzel, Ian Piazza, Zach Kurz and Joshua Kasap.

Girls Cross Country
Aislinn Lodwig, Murphy Garcia, Victoria Clinton, Samantha Sommerville, Bridget Ransford, Haley Penkala, Brianna Bower, Carly Bartholomew and Lilah Klingensmith.
Honorable Mention: Olivia Galor and Jessica Kucera.

Tennis
Anna Wendling, Samantha Schrepferman, Colleen Landers, Stephanie Karolewicz, Madison Jurcenko, Emily Grams, Mallory Dugan, Emily Mirocha, Marissa Michi, Allyson McPhee, Katelyn Blaszynski and Britttany Zablocki.
Honorable Mention: Angelica Emmanouil and Heather Albrecht.

Golf
Victoria Guyton, Jeremy Faletto, Jacob Sheehan and Zachary Strayve.
Honorable Mention: Julia VanGemert, Jakob Sanders, Jesse Denton and Kevin Healy.

Knight harrier teams 1 place short at Kaneland Sectional

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KHS cross country sectionals Nov 2014-1-4

Junior Brianna Bower qualifies for State as an individual
KANELAND—The Knights’ boys and girls cross country teams were hoping for a little home course advantage at the IHSA Class 2A Sectional meet at Kaneland High School on Saturday.

To have a chance to advance to the State championships in Peoria this weekend, the Knights knew they needed to have better performances than they produced at the qualifying meet the previous weekend at the Woodstock regional, where the boys placed fifth and the girls placed fourth in the 10-team fields.

As it turned out, both teams produced their best performances of the season, but both came up just shy of a State berth.

The 18-team Kaneland sectional—one of five held state-wide on Saturday—featured the top-six placing teams from the Antioch, Belvidere North and Woodstock regional meets, plus the top-five placing individuals from teams that did not advance at those meets. It was considered the toughest 2A Sectional meet in Illinois, with 10 of the top-25 ranked girls’ teams on the starting line, including seven of the top-eight ranked teams led by No. 1 Yorkville.

In the boys’ race, five of the top 10 2A teams in the state were in the field, again led by No. 1 Yorkville. At each sectional, only the top-5 placing teams would punch their tickets to Peoria, plus the top-seven individual finishers from non-advancing teams.

At the Kaneland Sectional, it was cloudy and a brisk 37 degrees for the 10 a.m. girls’ race, but the snow and blustery winds from the previous day had disappeared. At the gun, Marengo senior Kitty Allen shot to the front, with only Belvidere North sophomore Jenna Lutzow willing to go with her. Mid-way through the 3-mile race, the duo opened a 100-yard lead on the rest of the field, with Kaneland junior Brianna Bower in the chase pack of 10 runners. In the last half of the race, Bower was in the top-15 and Kaneland senior Victoria Clinton had moved up into the top 30, with teammates Andrea Wells and senior Aislinn Lodwig in tow.

With 100 yards to go, Lutzow passed Allen to win the race in 17 minutes, 33 seconds, and Yorkville packed five runners into the top 22 places to win team honors with a 72-point total. Bower charged home in 12th place in 18:11, with teammates Victoria Clinton, Andrea Wells and Aislinn Lodwig all running under 19:00 in 27th, 35th and 39th place, respectively.

Kaneland’s No. 5 finisher, senior Jessica Kucera, ended up in 70th place in 19:30. Kucera gave the Lady Knights a team score of 171 and a sixth-place finish, ahead of ranked teams like Rockford Boylan, Marengo, Lakes and Woodstock.

Though the Kaneland girls missed advancing to the State championships by one place, Brianna Bower advanced as one of the top seven individual finishers from non-advancing teams.

“I couldn’t be more proud of our team,” head coach Doug Ecker said after the race. “I don’t think any of our seven runners could have finished one place higher today. They left it all on the course and finished our season with a great performance.”

“All I wanted to do today was run a P.R. (personal record),” Bower said. “So I went out fast and pushed hard all the way.”

Bower’s quest for a fast time led her to running an aggressive race, which resulted in her earning her third-consecutive appearance in the State Cross Country Championships on Saturday, Nov. 8, in Peoria, Ill. That, despite suffering a stress fracture in her foot last summer that saw her start the season under-trained and in the back of the pack.

In the boys’ race, things were much the same as for the girls, yet very different for Kaneland. The boys team was closer to a qualifying berth than the girls—missing by only eight points behind Prairie Ridge’s 162.

Prior to the race, head coach Chad Clarey knew an aggressive race was the only way his Knights would emerge from the tough Sectional field.

“Our goal today is to have Austin Kintz and Matt Richtman place in the top 15 individually and make a run at qualifying for the state meet—and for the rest of our team to run faster and closer together than we have all season,” Clarey said prior to the start. “That would be a daunting task with ten of the top-20-ranked 2A teams in the state standing next to them on the starting line, including 19 runners who had qualified for the state track championships last spring.”

At the start, Yorkville’s senior twins Jake and Luke Hoffert sprinted to the front of the race, and stayed there for the next 3 miles. Vernon Hills sophomore Shane Williamson was the only one who took up the chase, which proceeded at sub-15:00 pace. He ran most of the race 50 yards behind the Hofferts and 100 yards ahead of the rest of the chase pack.

A half-mile into the race, Kaneland’s Kintz, Richtman and senior Brandon Park were running in the mid-20s in the field of 147 runners. Over the last mile, Kintz and Richtman kept working their way past tiring early front-runners. Park defended his place in the 20s, and senior Mitch Reger broke away from teammates junior Sean Spaetzel, sophomore Andrew Kantola and junior Will Kuipers.

At the finish, Jake Hoffert crossed the line in 14:49, 1 second ahead of his brother Luke, and Yorkville added places 9, 27 and 28 to win the team title with 67 points. Behind them, a dogfight was being waged for the final four team qualifying spots for the State meet, with runners diving for the finish line and collapsing on the ground due to exhaustion.

In the end, Austin Kintz placed 16th in 15:33, and Matt Richtman placed 17th in 15:39—finishes that left them just two and three places short, respectively, of the final individual State qualifying spot. Park and Reger ran 3-mile lifetime bests of 15:48 and 16:28. And Spaetzel’s 69th-place finish gave Kaneland a team score of 170 points and sixth place—just eight points behind the fifth and final qualifying place for the State Championships.

The Knights’ efforts saw the team finish ahead of five ranked teams. Burlington Central senior Clay Musial qualified as the seventh individual finisher from non-advancing teams.

“This race was the start of something big for these guys,” Clarey said after the race. “It gives us momentum and confidence heading into the track season, and it sets the stage for us to end the cross country season next fall standing on the starting line at the state meet.”

In her third year qualifying for the IHSA State Meet, Bower will toe the line Saturday at 11 a.m. at Detweiller Park in Peoria. As a freshman, Bower placed 32nd with a time of 18:09, and ran 18:33 for 37th place last season. Bower represents the final fall-sport athlete still competing for Kaneland.

Photos by Laura Gampfer

Boys pack emerge battle-tested from Woodstock Regional

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Photo: Junior Austin Kintz edged this Yorkville runner by .1 seconds to finish 13th at Saturday’s Woodstock Regional. Photo submitted by Patti Wilk to sports@elburnherald.com

WOODSTOCK, ILL.—Due to the clutch performance during Saturday’s Class 2A Woodstock Regional, the Knight boys cross country roster lives to run another day.

That day will actually take place at Kaneland High School this Saturday.

With a fifth-place, 125-point finish, the Knights were one of the top six regional teams, advancing to the Kaneland Sectional at the Maple Park grounds this weekend.

Yorkville’s 49 total was king for the meet, followed by Vernon Hills’ 74, Crystal Lake Central’s 76, Prairie Ridge’s 104, Kaneland and Sycamore’s 161. Burlington Central was three points shy of qualifying at 164 at the 10-team gathering.

Jake Hoffert of Yorkville was the fastest runner at 15:43, but Kaneland’s seven served its purpose. Separated by a minute and 46 seconds, the Knights were paced by Austin Kintz’s 16:46 for 13th place.

Matthew Richtman, in his first KHS postseason, was second-best on the team in 19th place at 16:56. Brandon Park ran a 17:11 (22), followed by teammate Sean Spaetzel at 17:38 (33).

Fifth-best for KHS was Mitch Reger at 17:50 (38), followed by Andrew Kantola at 17:59 (42) and Will Kuipers at 18:32 (52).

“We feel fortunate to have advanced from the most talented regional in the 2A field,” KHS coach Chad Clarey said. “With two state trophy teams and three other State qualifiers from a year ago, it was packed. We realize that very good teams did not advance.”

A year ago, Kaneland finished third with 109 points at the Burlington Central Regional, with Spaetzel the only returnee from the top seven.

The Kaneland Sectional is set to start the boys field at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 1, with teams from the Woodstock, Antioch and Belvidere Regionals.

“We are happy to head home, where we can host the Sectional and hopefully bring a peak race to the field,” Clarey said.

Oct. 23 Sports recap

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Freshman Volleyball
Oct. 16 vs. Morris—The freshman A team improved to 12-4, 7-0 in conference play with a 25-15, 25-20 win over Morris. The B team also won against Morris 25-22, 17-25, 25-21.

Sophomore Volleyball
Oct. 16 vs. Morris—The Lady Knights won 25-15, 25-13 over Morris.

Sophomore Football
Oct. 17 @ La Salle-Peru—The Knights won 7-6 Friday.

Girls Fr/So Cross Country
Oct. 18 @ NIB-12 Meet—The Lady Knights were runners-up to Yorkville at the NIB-12 Conference meet held at Rochelle Twp. High School
8 Grace Dodis, 21:24.3; 11 Katie Huber, 22:14.6; 20. Sandra Gale, 24:03.6; 24. Marissa Dries, 24:49.9.

Girls JV Cross Country
Oct. 18 @ NIB-12 Meet—Kaneland was second at the NIB-12 Conference meet, held at Rochelle Twp. High School.
10 Grace Drake, 22:14; 16 Sam Sommerville, 23:15; 17 Murphy Garcia, 23:53; 20 Lilah Klingensmith, 24:06; 22 Haley Penkala, 24:17.

Boys Fr/So Cross Country
Oct. 18 @ NIB-12 Meet—The Knights scored just 35 points, but lost to Yorkville by six in the six-team race. Third place was Sycamore with 80 points.
1 Matthew Richtman, 16:35; 2 Andrew Kantola, 16:50; 8 Sam Webster, 17:56; 9 Henry Nosek, 18:00; 12 Anthony Messina, 18:09; 25 Kyle Wells, 19:03; 26 David Wojak, 19:06.

Boys JV Cross Country
Oct. 18 @ NIB-12 Meet—The Knights were second at the JV open race at Saturdays conference meet.
5 Aaron French, 18:00; 6 Zach Kurz, 18:07; 8 Jared Murri, 18:22; 10 Alex Gale, 18:31; 13 Peyton Heiser, 18:43; 15 Ben Smith, 18:51; 26 Cristian Girolamo, 19:32; 29 Nick Moses, 19:45; 30 Jack O’Sullivan, 19:48; 31 Tyler Nance, 19:49; 33 Josh Kasap, 20:00; 39 Austin Parks, 20:15; 48 Grant Gingrich, 21:26; 53 Ian Piazza, 21:44; 54 Jacob Wolfe, 21:49; 62 Kyle Osborne, 23:43; 65 Cole Rutter, 26:40/

Kaneland YFL
Oct. 18, 2014—Playoffs, Round 1
8U
Kaneland Silver 0
@ Kaneland White 27
9U
Kaneland White 0
@ Burlington Blue 24
DeKalb Black 8
@ Kaneland Black 0
10U
Kaneland Black 0
@ DeKalb Black 24
11U
Kaneland Black 14
@ DeKalb Black 39
Kaneland White 6
@ DeKalb Orange 26

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Boys cross shows talent in Ogle County for NIB-12 race

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Junior Austin Kintz (left) bides his time with the lead pack just after the first mile at Saturday’s NIB-12 championship meet at Rochelle. His patience would be rewarded, as he would place sixth overall at the meet, earning All Conference honors. Photo by Ben Draper

ROCHELLE, ILL.—Kaneland boys cross country can be encouraged after the final dress rehearsal for survive-and-advance postseason action.

This past Saturday out in Ogle County, Rochelle hosted the annual Northern Illinois Big XII conference race, it’s first as a West outpost.

With 23 points, Yorkville was able to corral six of the top 10 spots, and Sterling finished in second with a 76.

KHS finished with 91 points and a third place, while Sycamore (128) and Geneseo (154) rounded out the top five.

The Foxes’ Jake Hoffert (15:30), Trevor Wills (15:37) and Luke Hoffert (15:39) claimed the top three spots.

Knights junior Austin Kintz had 15:56 for an All Conference sixth place, 3.5 seconds ahead of Sterling’s Jacob Gebhardt.

At 16:17, Knight Brandon Park was able to hit 13th place and nab an All-NIB-12 honor. Third-best for KHS was Mitch Reger with a 16:35 for 21st place overall. At 25th place, Sean Spaetzel ran in 16:56, and classmate Will Kuipers was 26th at 16:57. James Walker (31st, 17:04.4) and Andrew Lesak (32nd, 17:04.7) rounded out the varsity squad.

“Overall, we are happy with third, and we feel like we have momentum building as we get healthier each week,” KHS coach Chad Clarey said.

With not much time left for Kaneland to make its mark, Clarey is liking where things are headed.

“(I’m) very proud of them all; (we) feel like things are picking up at the right time heading into Regionals,” Clarey said.

In the freshman/sophomore race, the Knights took the top two spots, courtesy of freshman Matthew Richtman (1st, 16:36) and sophomore Andrew Kantola (2nd, 16:50). The duo pulled away from the Yorkville pack in the last mile.

Saturday, Oct. 25, has the Class 2A Woodstock Regional featuring rivals Burlington Central, Crystal Lake Central, Prairie Ridge, Hampshire, Sycamore, Vernon Hills, Wauconda, Woodstock and Yorkville. Along with Antioch and Belvidere Regional brethren, the best will advance to the Kaneland Sectional on Saturday, Nov. 1.

Osborne a medalist at Byron Invitational

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Junior earns first medal of CC career
ELBURN—Kaneland junior Kyle Osborne earned a medal for his 12th-place finish in the Open boys race at the Byron Cross Country Invitational on Oct. 8.

The celebration by Kyle, his mom, coaches, teammates and fans that followed the achievement is noteworthy because Kyle is developmentally-challenged. In Kyle’s case, he is challenged by what are called “developmental delays.” Medically, this means that Kyle has not achieved developmental milestones at the pace most youngsters do in language, intellect and motor skills.

The sport of cross country running is demanding for able-bodied athletes, so it is remarkable that Kyle has chosen to participate in it for the past three years given his physical limitations.

Cross country is a team distance-running sport over natural terrain, where each team’s top-five finishers score the same number of points as their finish place. Most high school cross country races are between 2.5 and 3 miles in distance. The race at Bryon Forest Preserve was 2.85 miles. The sum total of each team’s top-five places is their team score, and the low score wins. The way the numbers crunch, the first team to have five runners finish almost always wins, making it a team sport where a team’s fourth- and fifth-best athletes have unusual significance.

Kyle has improved his running strength and aerobic endurance over the past three years, but he has balance issues that can make it difficult for him to run in a straight line, especially at the end of a race when he is extremely fatigued. He also lacks fine motor skills, which usually requires someone to assist him in pinning his bib number to his uniform before his race.

Often, that someone is assistant coach Tim Mordini who is a para-professional at Kaneland High School. As such, Tim works in what is called “The Armory,” tutoring students like Kyle and assisting them with their homework. Kyle is enrolled in the “Life Skills Curriculum” at Kaneland, which includes special math, reading and science classes.He also takes some mainstream classes, including horticulture, journalism and P.E. Kyle has also served as a student manager for Kaneland boys basketball teams since seventh grade. He practices with the team a few times a week and has been able to dress for one game each year, where he has drained a couple of 3-pointers. Kyle will also be playing on a Special Olympics basketball team through the Fox Valley Special Recreation Association this fall.

Like head boys coach Chad Clarey, Tim Mordini ran cross country at Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa. Previously, he has been an assistant cross country coach at Wheaton North and Lake Forest high schools.

“Kyle is an extremely out-going, happy-go-lucky young man,” Tim said. “He is a popular student, a member of the student council, and a great teammate whose positive attitude and willingness to work hard is evident in everything he does.”

Mordini and Kyle’s parents, Tammy and Bill of Elburn, believe his improved physical conditioning from running cross country has helped with improving his developmental issues. But most of all, it has improved his self-confidence.

Tammy and Bill got Kyle involved in sports at an early age, starting with T-ball in Elburn. Kyle was able to participate in baseball while it was still coach-pitched, with the help of his coach, Randy Jones, who would help him run the bases. When the game was no longer pitched by the coach, Kyle moved into the manager position where he attended practices and games every season. In 8th grade he decided to join the track team because it was something in which he could participate with everyone else. After having a good experience in track, Tammy enrolled Kyle in the Kaneland Summer Running Camp. There, Clarey encouraged Kyle to join the cross country team. Kyle’s effort, attitude, and dramatic improvement that fall led to his receiving the freshman Golden Knight award at the end of the season., which is given to the athlete who demonstrates the best attitude and commitment to the team philosophy.

Kyle is also involved in a horse-therapy program in Maple Park called Horse Power. Kyle’s mom says he is learning to sit “tall in the saddle,” and that it has helped Kyle develop a more erect running posture, which has helped his cross country performances this fall.

Ironically, prior to his race at Bryon, Kyle spoke about trying out for the football team during his senior year next fall. His medal-winning performance now has him committed to being a four-year cross country athlete at Kaneland High School.

Knights boys CC 2nd at Byron

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BYRON, ILL.—A unique format gave coach Chad Clarey a chance to feature a different lineup than usual.

The Knights, idle the this past weekend in preparation for Saturday’s Northern Illinois Big 12, last saw action at the Byron Handicap Invitational Oct. 8.

The handicap format features 10 runners from each school. The No. 10 runner begins when the gun goes off, and then 20 seconds later, the No. 9 runner is allowed to begin. No. 8 waits another 20 seconds, and so on until the No. 1 runs three minutes after the initial gun went off.

Resting seven of his usual top ten, the Knights still pulled off an impressive runner-up finish, trailing the Rock Falls Rockets by only two points.

“Unfortunately Rock Falls took the top three places overall, which gave them just enough points to seal the team title by two,” Clarey said.

Austin Kintz, the Knights’ No. 1 runner, ran 18:37 to pace KHS with a 4th place finish.

“Austin started three minutes back of the first flight of runners and managed a 4th place finish,” Clarey said. “His actual time was 15:38 over 2.87 hilly miles.”

Freshman Henry Nosek was the next Knight, finishing in 7th place with a time of 18:51.

“We feel (Nosek) is just starting to scratch the surface of his true potential,” Clarey said.

A mass of Kaneland runners stingily took up the 9th through 12th spots, as Zach Kurz (9th, 19:02), Ben Smith (10th, 19:06), Aaron French (11th, 19:08) and Sam Webster (19:09) finished in a cluster. They were followed by Nick Moses (15th, 19:13,) Andrew Lesak (23rd, 19:52), Anthony Messina (30th, 20:08) and Jared Murri (56th, 26:46).

“Overall, (it) was a nice night for the team with many individual awards,” Clarey said.

Next up for the Knights is the annual NIB-12 gathering, this time at Rochelle High School. The boys varsity runs at 10:45 a.m., with the boys fr/so race at noon and boys open race at 1:15 p.m.

Oct. 16 Sports Recap

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Girls JV Tennis
Oct. 8 @ Oswego East—The Lady Knights lost 4-3 at Oswego East. Abby Purnell (8-3) and Ava Mandele (8-5) won at No. 1 and No. 2 singles, and Mary Collum and Marley Schultz won 8-0 at No. 1 doubles.

Boys JV Cross Country
Oct. 8 @ Byron Invite—The Knights put up a perfect score of 15 to win the open race at Byron. The course was 2.87 miles.
1 A. Gale, 18:03; 2 D. Wojak, 18:29; 3 K. Wells, 18:31; 4 C. Girolamo, 18:34; 5 P. Heiser, 18:36; 6 T. Nance, 19:04; 7 G. Wilk, 19:25; 8 J. O’Sullivan, 19:38; 10 J. Kasap, 20:00; 12 K. Osborne, 21:07; 15 I. Piazza, 22:25; 16 J. Wolfe 22:26; 18 G. Gingrich, 22:49; 21 C. Rutter, 28:35

Boys Sophomore Soccer
Oct. 9 vs. Morris—The Knights won 5-0 over Morris. Brian Bartholomew had two goals and an assist, while Jose Chavez had a goal and assist. Diego Ruiz and Brandon Luebke also had goals, and Robbie Nachreiner had two assists for KHS.
Oct. 11 vs. Plainfield East—The Knights were down 2-1 to PE with 10 minutes to go in the second half when the Plainfield East coach was given a red card, and the game was left as “undecided.” Christian Medrano scored an unassisted goal for the Knights who are 10-1-2 on the season, 8-0-1 in NIB-12 play.

Girls Sophomore Volleyball
Oct. 9 vs. DeKalb—The Lady Knights won 25-13, 23-25, 25-14.
Oct. 14 vs. Sycamore—Kaneland won 25-21, 25-13.

Girls Freshman Volleyball
Oct. 9 vs, DeKalb—The freshman A squad won 25-19, 14-25, 25-16. The B team tied 19-25, 25-20, 21-21.
Oct. 14 vs. Sycamore—The A team won 26-24, 23-25, 25-12, while the B team fell 21-25, 19-25.

Girls JV Cross Country
Oct. 11 @ Sterling Invite—The Lady Knights placed 9th out of 22 teams Saturday. Andrea Wells led the team with a runner-up finish, while Sarah Daley was 12th. There were no team scores kept in the JV open race.
Fr/So results: 2 A. Wells, 19:45; 12 S. Daley, 20:42; 39 G. Dodis, 21:24; 76 K. Huber, 23:04; 99 M. Dries, 24:47; 100 M. Burger, 24:49.
JV Open results: 132 S. Sommerville, 24:17; 155 H. Penkala, 24:53.

Middle School
Cross Country

Oct. 11 @ IESA Sectional—In one of the toughest sectionals int he state, the Kaneland Harter Middle School cross country team saw its girls team qualify for the IESA State Meet by placing third behind Batavia Rotolo and Yorkville. The girls were paced by Rachel Richtman’s 3rd place in 12:03 over two miles. Lesley Viveros placed 10th in 12:28. Both were all-sectional selections. Also running for KHMS were Cassidy Motyka (15th, 12:37), Grace Purcell (19th 12:45), Tessa Brennan (21st 12:48), Erin Ball (22nd 12:51), and Emma Ball (28th 13:11). The boys squad placed fifth as a team, but saw two boys qualify as individuals. Seventh grader Zach Long took 3rd place in 10:59, while Dan Occhipinti placed ninth in 11:14—a personal record by 50 seconds. The state meet takes place at Maxwell Park in Normal, Ill. The girls team will run at 12:30 p.m., followed by the boys at 1:15 p.m.

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8th grade volleyball

Eighth Grade Volleyball

Season recap—The 8th grade girls volleyball team of Kaneland Harter Middle School, coached by Jackie Self, had a successful season in the new Fox River Prairie Conference. This new conference includes St. Charles, Geneva, Batavia, and Yorkville. The A team was 8-3 overall in the regular season, and beat Geneva South, Yorkville, and St. Charles Thompson in the Conference tournament to claim the title of conference champions. The B team was 10-1 overall and claimed the title of defending champs at the Yorkville B tournament. This talented group of girls worked together incredibly well and have many great years ahead in the high school volleyball program.

Seventh Grade Volleyball
Season recap—The Kaneland Harter Middle School 7th grade volleyball A team, coached by Kevin Hagan, was 7-4 overall in the regular season and took 2nd at the conference tournament. The B team ended 4-7 and took third at the Yorkville B tournament.

Kaneland Youth
Football League

Oct. 11, 2014:
8U
Kaneland White 31
@ Yorkville Red 6
Kaneland Orange 9
@ Kaneland Black 0
Yorkville Black 26
@ Kaneland Silver 30
9U
Yorkville Black 0
@ Kaneland Black 21
Kaneland White 27
@ Yorkville Red 7
10U
Kaneland Black 0
@ DeKalb Black 20
Kaneland White 13
@ Yorkville Red 27
11U
Kaneland Black 11
@ DeKalb Orange 8 (OT)
Yorkville Red 6
@ Kaneland White 20

Oct. 11, 2014:
8U
DeKalb Orange 25
@ Kaneland White 6
Kaneland Orange 19
@ Burlington Blue 0
Kaneland Black 0
@ Yorkville Black 18
Kaneland Silver 19
@ Burlington White 0
9U
Kaneland Black 31
@ Yorkville Red 0
Kaneland White 8
@ Burlington Blue 13
10U
Kaneland Black 14
@ Yorkville Red 0
Kaneland White 6
@ Burlington Blue 27
11U
DeKalb Black 38
@ Kaneland Black 8
Kaneland White 33
@ Yorkville White 6

The following teams have
qualified for the playoffs:

8U White, 8U Silver, 9U Black, 9U White, 10U Black, 11U Black and 11U White.

Compiled by Ben Draper

KHS boys Pretzel Invite trip part of process

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Photo: The KHS boys varsity cross country team earned second overall at Saturday’s Freeport Pretzel Invite. Photo submitted by Patii WIlk to photos@elburnherald.com

FREEPORT, ILL.—The Knights cross country team saw encouraging signs and cooler weather at the annual Pretzel Invitational.

The cool morning—which even featured early snow flurries—saw Kaneland nab a steady second-place finish, thanks to a 52-point output—just 12 behind Winnebago—five Knights in the the top 16 runners.

After Winnebago and Kaneland, it was Dixon (87), Boylan Catholic (95) and Rockford Guilford (154) securing the top five spots in the 10-team gathering.

While Winnebago’s Nathan Smith won the three-mile challenge with an effort of 15:32, KHS had plenty to be proud about.

On a day some 40 degrees cooler than the previous weekend’s Charger Classic, the Knights’ Austin Kintz grabbed fifth overall in 15:48, while Brandon Park was seventh at 16:01 in the talented field. Park managed a PR on the course by 44 seconds.

Eleventh-place Mitch Reger (16:40), 13th-place Will Kuipers (16:46) and 16th-place James Walker (16:55) were 15 seconds apart and sealed a 67-second pack split.

“We know that in order to finish in the top two today, it would be important to get good production from 3-7,” KHS coach Chad Clarey said.

Clarey and company also liked what the Freeport setting had to offer.

“We enjoy the different terrain Freeport provides us each year. Not a typical flat course—the rolling hills offer some challenge early on before flattening out and running down at the finish. Our kids love it,” Clarey said.

Other Kaneland athletes in the varsity race were Sean Spaetzel (23rd, 17:16), Andrew Lesak (24th, 17:20), Aaron French (34th, 17:44), Zach Kurz (38th, 18:15), Ben Smith (46th, 18:45), Nick Moses (68th, 19:58), Josh Kasap (76th, 20:29), Grant Gingrich (82nd, 21:35), Jacob Wolfe (83rd, 21:48) and Kyle Osborne (88th, 23:28).

Wednesday saw a trip to the Byron Handicap, with results not available for press, and the Northern Illinois Big XII Conference race.

Oct. 9 sports recap

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Boys Freshman Soccer
Oct. 1 @ Burlington Central—The Knights won 1-0. Michael Minoque had 16 saves, and Javier Correa had the goal on a Devin Pieczynski assist.
Oct. 6 @ DeKalb—Pieczynski’s goal and Minoque’s five saves helped the Knights to a 1-1 tie on the road against the Barbs.

Girls JV Tennis
Oct. 1 @ Yorkville—The JV tennis team fell 4-1 against the Lady Foxes. The Lady Knights are 3-1 in conference play.

Boys Sophomore Soccer
Oct. 1 vs. Hinckley-Big Rock—The Knights won 2-0. Diego Ruiz (Brian Bartholomew assist) and Tim Wachter (Brandon Luebke) each had goals.
Oct. 7 vs. Sycamore—The Knights rolled 6-2 over the Spartans. John McCaffrey had three goals and an assist, while Bartholomew also had two goals. Ruiz had a goal and an assist, while Robbie Nachreiner and Christian Medrano each had assists. The Knights are 9-1-2 overall, and 6-0-1 in conference play.

Freshman Volleyball
Oct. 2 vs. Sterling—The A team won 25-21, 25-19, while the B team also won 25-12, 25-8.
Oct. 7 vs. Ottawa—The A team lost 15-25, 25-19, 19-25, while the B team lost 25-23, 20-25, 11-15. The A team is 9-4, 5-1 in conference play, while the B team is 2-9, 1-5.

Sophomore Volleyball
Oct. 2 vs. Sterling—The Lady Knights won 25-21, 25-19.
Oct. 7 vs. Ottawa—KHS won 25-19, 25-15.

Sophomore Football
Oct. 3 @ Sycamore—The Knights won 20-0 over the Spartans.

Girls JV Cross Country
Oct. 4 @ Freeport Invitational—The Lady Knights won the eight-team meet with 40 points. Boylan was a close second with 46.
3 O. Galor, 21:09; 6. K. Huber, 21:55; 8 G. Drake, 22:12; 9 L. Klingensmith, 22:13; 15 S. Sommerville, 23:27; 18 M. Garcia, 23:38; 26. M. Dries, 24:26; 29 H. Penkala, 24:30.

Boys Fr/So Cross Country
Oct. 4 @ Freeport Invitational—The Knights won the seven-team meet with 37 points, far ahead of runner-up Rockford East’s 66.
2 A. Kantola, 16:50; 3 A. Messina, 17:13; 5 S. Webster, 17:18; 13 H. Nosek, 18:17; 24 P. Heiser, 19:05; 25 D. Wojak, 19:08; 27 T. Nance, 19:14; 29. K. Wells, 19:17; 32. C. Girolamo, 19:29; 35. G. Wilk, 19:34; 38 J. O’Sullivan, 19:50; 80 C. Rutter, 25:22.

Oct. 2 Sports Recap

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Sophomore Football
Sept. 26 @ DeKalb—The Knights defeated the Barbs 25-6. No individual stats were provided.

Boys JV Cross Country
Sept. 27 @ Aurora Central Catholic—The boys freshman/sophomore team placed sixth at the Charger Classic in Aurora. Kaneland also had runners compete in the open race, but no team score was kept. Fr/So results: 8: A. Kantola, 16:55; 23: A. Messina, 17:32.4; 28: S. Webster, 17:48.4; 33: H. Nosek, 18:05.6; 58: C. Girolamo, 18:53.7; 69: D. Wojak, 19:14.7; 77: K. Wells, 19:31.7. Open results: 63: P. Heiser, 19:20.7; 97: G. Wilk, 20:11.6; 127: J. O’Sullivan, 21:20.1; 139: Josh Kasap, 22:21.6; 140: G. Gingrich, 22:21.6; 155: J. Wolfe, 23:14.3; 159: K. Osborne, 23:29.1; 180: I. Piazza, 26:42.9; 185: C. Rutter, 29:07.5.

Girls Fr/So Cross Country
Sept. 27 @ Sterling—With only four runners, the Lady Knights didn’t factor into the scoring at Saturday’s Rock River Run in Sterling, Ill. Results: 6: G. Dodis, 21:20.7; 26; K. Huber, 23:14.9; 61: M. Dries, 26:42.6; M. Burger, 28:38.

Boys Freshman Soccer
Sept. 24 vs. Burlington Central—The Rockets shut out the Knights 4-0. Michael Minogue had five saves.

Boys Sophomore Soccer
Sept. 20 vs. Mendota—Kaneland won 3-2 over Mendota. Peter Castillo had two goals, and Brian Kemp had one. Assists came from Jon Turyna, Diego Ruiz and Brian Bartholomew.
Sept. 20 vs. Genoa-Kingston—The Knights won in overtime on penalty kicks. The score was tied 1-1. Jose Chavez scored on a Christian Medrano assist. KHS converted all five penalty kicks.
Sept. 23 vs. Yorkville—Kaneland defeated the Foxes 1-0 on a Chavez goal (Ruiz assist).
Sept. 25 vs. Sterling—The Knights and Warriors tied at 2. Brandon Luebke (Ruiz assist) and Bartholomew (John McCaffrey assist) had the Kaneland goals.
Sept. 30 vs. Ottawa—The Knights defeated Ottawa 4-0. Ruiz (Medrano assist) and Bartholomew (McCaffrey assist) each had a goal, while Medrano (one unassisted and a Chavez assist) scored twice. The Knights are 6-1-2, 4-0-1 in conference play.

Girls JV Tennis
Sept. 25 vs. Ottawa—The Lady Pirates defeated KHS 4-1. The No. 1 doubles tandem of Lauren Karolewicz and Marley Schultz was the lone Kaneland winner, defeating their Ottawa oppenents 10-5.

Freshman Volleyball
Sept. 25 vs. Aurora Christian—Kaneland defeated Aurora Christian 25-12, 25-19. No individual stats were provided.
Sept. 30 vs. Yorkville—The KHS freshman A team defeated Yorkville 25-12, 25-19 to move to 4-0 in conference play. The freshman B team lost 25-23, 25-16 to fall to 0-4 in conference play.

Sophomore Volleyball
Sept. 25 vs. Aurora Christian—The Lady Knights defeated Aurora Christian 25-12, 25-12. No individual stats were provided.
Sept. 30 vs. Yorkville—Yorkville narrowly defeated the Lady Knights 25-16, 18-25, 25-23. Kaneland is now 2-2 in conference play.

WCC Womens Soccer
Sept. 24 @ Oakton CC—Waubonsee defeated Oakton Community College in Des Plaines, Ill., 2-1 in overtime. Andrea Garcia and Haley Kilbride had the WCC goals, while Kelli Cardine and Elizabeth Goll had the assists. Lisa Gaffino had four saves. WCC had 35 shots on goal, and is 7-2 on the season.

WCC Mens Soccer
Sept. 23 @ McHenry—Waubonsee tied McHenry 1-1. Akim Suraji had a goal from a Ramon Eurioles assist in the second half.
Sept. 28 @ Augustana—WCC earned a win over Augustana 3-2 in Rock Island, Ill. David Renoso (Juan Ponce assist) and David Sanchez both scored in the first half for WCC, while Suraji (Alex Del Toro assist) put in the game-winner in the second half. WCC’s men’s soccer is now 5-3-1 on the season.

Boys Fr/So Golf
Sept. 25 @ WWS—Wheaton-Warrenville South defeated the Knights 162-186. Dan Franck led KHS with a 45, and was followed closely by Joey Brandonisio’s 46. Jake Hummel (47), Jacob Milton (48), Michael Petrick (53) Brock Williams (53), Jake Romas (54) and Rhett Espe (55) also competed for the Knights.

Kaneland Youth
Football League
Sept. 27, 2014

8U
Yorkville Black 6
@ Kaneland White 33
Burlington White 12
@ Kaneland Black 6 (OT)
DeKalb Orange 25
@ Kaneland Silver 0
DeKalb Black 0
@ Kaneland Orange 20

9U
Burlington Blue 12
@ Kaneland Black 6
DeKalb Black 14
@ Kaneland White 13

10U
Burlington Blue 22
@ Kaneland Black 8
DeKalb Black 50
@ Kaneland White 32

11U
Burlington Blue 6
@ Kaneland Black 35
Yorkville White 7
@ Kaneland White 42

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Boys XC tries to master rising temps, pressure in Oakhurst setting

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Photo: Ben Smith, Austin Kintz and Alex Gale get going at the beginning of Saturday’s varsity race at the Aurora Central Catholic Charger Classic. Kaneland placed 10th as a team. Photo by Tiffany Kufer

ACC’s Invitational another part of lead-up to postseason
AURORA—Temperatures were more akin to a larger boys cross country meet below the Mason-Dixon line than autumn in Aurora.

But as the stakes are raised for Kaneland High School boys cross country on weekends, it’ll have to dig deep and face all kinds of environments and competition, much like Saturday’s ACC Charger Classic Invitational out at Oakhurst Forest Preserve in Aurora.

Out of 11 teams in the meet’s Gold division, Kaneland’s score of 222 was good for ninth overall. DeKalb (236) and Marmion Academy (262) were behind the Knights in the stacked field. Linn-Marr High School, of Marion, Iowa, used three pivotal top 10 finishes to grab a 46-point total and a first-place finish. Oswego East’s 58 was second and East Aurora’s 63 was good for third.

Kaneland’s Austin Kintz was the top Knight finisher with a time of 16:16.2, while Daniel Murphy of Linn-Marr was tops in the entire field at 14:59.9.

Knight Mitch Reger was next for the local troops in 33rd at 16:35.3.

Reger knows bigger challenges are ahead for the Knights, but was psyched for his fellow team members and their ability to improve.

“It’s almost essential as practice,” Reger said. “If you don’t think that you can do it, you won’t do it. You have to believe.”

Willi Kuipers finished 44th at 16:52.4, and teammate James Walker took 52nd at 17:03.2. Zach Kurz was 71st overall at 18:14.3 out of a group of 85 varsity runners.

“We’ve seen a lot of good people in a variety of races today,” KHS coach Chad Clarey said. “What’s most important is to take what we have right now and continue to see the improvement. We had a lot of kids manage personal records on this course. Despite the warm weather, I think that bodes well.”

Ahead for the boys is the Pretzel Invitational hosted by Freeport High School of the NIC-10, on Saturday, Oct. 4.

Boys XC tries to make own trail in Eddington crowd

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Photo: The Knights boys varsity team accelerates out of the box during Saturday morning’s Eddington Invitational at KHS. Over 1,300 runners took to the course during the six contested races. Photo by Mary Paulson

KANELAND—It was a different setting, but the same Kaneland pride on display.

On Saturday, the Eddington Invitational was housed on the Kaneland High School grounds, switched from the classic Elburn Woods home, and was the largest athletic event held at KHS, with 1,300 athletes, according to head coach Chad Clarey.

“The meet itself was a huge success due in large part to the effort of many facets of Kaneland schools. From administration to maintenance, coaches to athletes and their families and KHS boosters, this would not have been possible,” Clarey said.

The Knight pack itself finished in 14th place out of 19 teams, but all members ran personal bests during the 65-degree conditions.

KHS, with a 334 point total, was 18 ahead of next-closest school Sycamore, but behind Johnsburg by 30.

Comprising the top five were Glenbard West (70), Crystal Lake Central (114), East Aurora (115) Benet Academy (120) and Grayslake Central (171). Kaneland’s average time was a 17:19.6 effort, compared to the Hilltoppers’ 16:03.8.

West Aurora’s Connor McCue outran the entire field with a time of 15:27.1, 6.5 seconds better than Belvidere North’s Eryk Yunk.

The Knight effort was led by 48th-place senior Brandon Park, who ran a 16:52.6, followed soon after by classmate Mitch Reger at 17:04.1, good for 60th. Knight Sean Spaetzel, at 17:05.9, finished 62nd overall. Will Kuipers ran 17:47.7 for 84th place, and fellow Knight James Walker took 85 at 17:47.9. Aaron French (94th, 18:04.6) and Zach Kurz (117th, 19:01.7) rounded out the varsity group.

“We feel that this meet’s quality for talent is among the best in Illinois on this particular weekend,” Clarey said. “(I’m) very pleased with the strong races from our varsity, who all set personal bests on the well-groomed course.”

Saturday, Sept. 27, sees the Aurora Central Catholic Invitational as the next Knight challenge.

Photos by Mary Paulson

Sept. 25 Sports recap

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KHMS Seventh Grade Football
Aug. 27 vs. Batavia Rotolo—Kaneland won 32-8. Max Gagne had three touchdowns, while Joe Smith threw for two TDs and ran for another.
Aug. 30 @ DeKalb Huntley—Kaneland won on the road, defeating Huntley Middle School 14-8. Gagne had two receiving TDs.
Sept. 11 vs. Yorkville—The Knights moved to 3-0 with a 20-8 win over the visiting Foxes. Gagne had two TDs, and Brenden Parks had a defensive TD as well.
Sept. 18 @ St. Charles Haines—Kaneland throttled Haines 42-6. Gagne had three TDs, Colton Doll had a 70 yard TD reception, and Smith threw for three TDs and ran for another. The Knights defense has only given up three touchdowns so far in 2014. Kaneland hosts Geneva Middle School Sept. 25.

KHMS Eighth Grade Football
Aug. 27 @ Batavia Rotolo—The Knights lost to the Rotolo 20-8. Kaneland’s Alstott caught a TD pass and ran in a two-point conversion for the Knights.
Aug. 30 vs. DeKalb Huntley—The Knights got their first win of the season over DeKalb Huntley, 14-6. C. Angelotti’s pass to K. Angelotti got KHMS going, and an Alstott two point conversion made it 8-0 early. A TD pass from McDonald to Denning made (two-point conversion failed) made it 14 for the Knights.
Sept. 11 @ Yorkville—The Knights fell to the Foxes 24-0. The Foxes racked up 211 yards to the Knights’ 69.
Sept. 18 vs. St. Charles Haines—The Knights lost 22-8. Kaneland was behind early 6-0, but a 30-yard pass from McDonald to K. Angelotti, with a good two-point conversion, made it 8-6. Haines would score two more times to seal their victory. The Knights are 1-3 and play St. Charles Wredling on Sept. 29.

Boys Soph. Soccer

Sept. 17 vs. DeKalb—The Knights shut out DeKalb 1-0 on a goal by Jose Chavez. They improved to 3-1-1, and 3-0-1 in NIB-12 play.

Freshman Volleyball
Sept. 18 vs. Sycamore—The freshman A team won 25-10, 25-18 and improved to 2-0 in conference play. The freshman B team lost 21-25, 19-25 and fell to 0-2 in conference play.

Sophomore Volleyball
Sept. 18 vs. Sycamore—The Lady Knights improved to 1-1 in conference play with a 25-14, 25-19 win over Sycamore.

Sophomore Football
Sept. 19 @ Yorkville—Kaneland defeated the Foxes 21-7. No individual stats were provided.

Girls Cross Country
Sept. 20 Eddington Invite—FR/SO: 2 A. Wells 19:36; 27 S. Daley 21:24.6; 45 G. Dodis 22:18.9; 54 A. Shaw 22:46.1; 74 K. Huber 23:34.7; 112 M. Dries, 25:38.5; 148 K. Waweru 29:08.7. OPEN: 26 O. Galor 23:07.4; 35 L. Klingsensmith 23:37.8; 44 S. Sommerville 24:13; 76 H. Penkala 26:34.6.

Boys Cross Country
Sept. 20 Eddington Invite—FR/SO: 1 M. Richtman, 16:30.8; 18 A. Kantola, 17:37.2; 44 A. Messina, 18:33.2; 47 S. Webster, 18:36.8; 48 H. Nosek, 18:39.4; 91 C. Girolamo, 19:43; 114 D. Wojak, 20:19.6; 118 K. Wells, 20:22.1; 120 P. Heiser, 20:23.8; 124 G. Wilk, 20:27.9; 135 T. Nance 20:43.9; 178 B. Purcell, 22:00.1; 179 Jack O’Sullivan, 22:13.3; 229 C. Rutter, 27:25.9. OPEN: 101 N. Moses 20:45.2; 123 B. Smith 21:26; 140 Josh Kasap 22:39; 145 J. Wolfe 23:10.4; 150 K. Osborne 23:34.1; 151 A. Parks 23:57.1; 159 E. Cain 24:32.9; 162 I. Piazza 24:48.2.

Girls JV Tennis
Sept. 22 @ Oswego—The Lady Knights fell 3-4 to visiting Oswego. Abby Purnell and Ava Mandele earned wins at No. 1 and No. 2 singles, while the No. 4 doubles team of Katie Biard and Tiffany Castracion also won.
Sept. 23 vs. LaSalle-Peru—Kaneland defeated visiting L-P 4-1 Tuesday. Nos. 1 and 2 singles Kayla Corirossi and Purnell each won their matches 10-8, while the No. 1 doubles tandem of Lauren Karolewicz and Marley Schultz and No. 2 doubles group Mary Collum and Mandele each won their matches 10-3.

Boys Fr/So Golf
Sept. 23 @ Marengo—The Knights defeated Marengo 184-215. Dan Franck shot a 43, Luke Calabrese a 44, Jake Pearson a 47, Jacob Milton and Jake Hummel each shot 50’s, and Brock Williams a 56.

Kaneland Youth
Football League
Sept. 20, 2014

8U
Kaneland White 19
@ Burlington Blue 0
Kaneland Silver 26
@ DeKalb Black 0
Kaneland Black 0
@ Yorkville Black 19
Kaneland Orange 0
@ Yorkville Red 6

9U
Kaneland Black 12
@ Kaneland White 6

10U
Kaneland Black 27
@ Kaneland White 21

11U
DeKalb Black 33
@ Kaneland Black 16
DeKalb Orange 19
@ Kaneland White 6

Zombie Run set for Oct. 10

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Join the Knight cross country teams for a spooky “Knight of the Zombies” run Oct. 10.

The evening will feature two races:

Trick or Treat Run
This run features friendly zombies sharing treats with participants in grades second through fifth, begining at 5:20 p.m. Competitors may dress up and walk or run for treats from the team. Cost is $5 per student.

Run For Your Life
The second event will begin at 6 p.m. Flagged runners will try to elude the grasp of the zombies over the 1.2 mile course. Survivors will compete for trophies and ribbons. Cost is $10 per runner.

For more information on the Zombie Run and to register, visit kanelandxc.blogspot.com.

Kaneland boys cross plays in Peoria

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Photo: Freshman Matt Richtman ran the course at Detweiller Park in Peoria, Ill., in 16:01, earning a top 50 medal for his efforts.Photo submitted by Patti Wilk to Photos@elburnherald.com

First to the Finish gathering tests KHS mettle
PEORIA, Ill.—Peoria Central High School hosts the First to the Finish Invitational every year around this time.

It was Kaneland boys cross country’s responsibility to act appropriately as the guest.

With a crowded field of 2A elite competitiors, the Knight-littered race was won by Northern Illinois Big 12 foe Yorkville’s Jake Hoffert at 14:32.8, with twin brother Luke taking second at 14:38.3.

KHS ended up in 14th place overall in the 51-team field.

For the Knight pack, the top time was Matthew Richtman’s 47th place-16:01.8 time, followed by teammate Brandon Park’s PR 66th place effort of 16:16.

Knight Sean Spaetzel’s 81st place was due to a 16:23.9 time, another PR. Mitch Reger was 98th best with a time of 16:33.6.

“Mitch poured everything he had in that 16:34 time,” KHS coach Chad Clarey said,

Will Kuipers was 145th with a time of 17:02, in a field featuring an astounding 735 runners.

“Glad to have had such a promising day, particularly with the youth moving forward,” Clarey said.

On Saturday, Sept. 20, the Eddington Invitational once again hits the area, with the location switching to Kaneland High School, rather than the Elburn Forest Preserve.

Perfect week

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Photo: Senior Brandon Park notched two victories in as many meets, while freshman Matthew Richtman was second at Elburn Woods Tuesday. Photo by Ben Draper

Invite win and flawless run at home round out boys cross country week
KANELAND—Senior Brandon Park can’t complain. It’s been two individual titles to go along with two-straight wins for the Knights cross country crew.

On Saturday, Park was the champion at the inaugural Harvest Fall Classic, hosted by Harvest Christian in Elgin, Ill. His effort of 17 minutes even bolstered a strong showing by the rest of the roster en route to a 47-60 win over runner-up Elk Grove.

“Brandon took over the lead in the first mile of the race,” said KHS coach Chad Clarey. “A pair of Elmwood Park runners, who had beaten him earlier in the week, made it a great race. In the final 400 meters, Park simply wanted it more and put on an impressive surge to the finish.”

Senior Mitch Reger (sixth) and junior Will Kuipers (seventh) cracked the top 10, finishing in 17:46 and 17:49, respectively.

“It was a very competitive day out of that top three,” Clarey added.

Junior Sean Spaetzel (15th, 18:25) and James Walker (18th, 18:48) rounded out the KHS scoring five, while Zach Kurz (21st, 19:36) and Alex Gale (22nd, 19:43) rounded out the top seven.

Also running in the varsity race but not factoring in the scoring were juniors Austin Parks (27th, 20:22), Ben Smith (34th, 21:54) and Brandon Cruz (37th, 22:54).

In the 2 mile junior varsity race, the Knights placed seven runners in the top 11. Freshman Matthew Richtman won in 11:39.

On Tuesday, the likes of East Aurora, IMSA and Yorkville came calling to what would be the only time the Kaneland cross country team will compete at their usual home course of Elburn Woods. Kaneland is scheduled to host an IHSA Sectional Nov. 1 at the high school, and will also run their annual Eddington Invitational at KHS, as well.

The Knights took advantage of their one chance to compete in “The Woods” by sweeping the top six spots and scoring a perfect 15-point victory.

Park again notched an individual victory, crossing the finish line in 17:53. He was followed by Richtman (18:01), Spaetzel (18:07), Reger (18:27) and Kuipers (18:29) before the first non-Knight finished 18 seconds behind in sixth.

Clarey was especially pleased with how his seniors competed in their final go-round at their usual home.

“The seniors took pride in their last run on their ‘least’ favorite course,” Clarey said. “Park took hold early and pushed hard through the finish. Reger battled to stay within reach of the leaders. Walker ran with a great deal of pride to hold off a charging teammate. Josh Kasap also demonstrated the same courage and will to win, out-kicking a teammate.

“All of our seniors have been the perfect fits for leadership of this year’s team, which is filled with youth and new runners. I’m very proud of their effort and dedication,” Clarey said.

The Knights now set their sights on Saturday’s First to the Finish invitational at Peoria’s Detweiller Park, which is also home to the IHSA State Meet. Thirteen of the top 25 teams in DyestatIL.com’s most recent 2A poll be be in attendance. The 2A boys race runs at 11 a.m.

New look Knights

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Photo: Junior Will Kuipers was the Knight’s third man at Sycamore Tuesday, running the 3-mile course in 18:00.9 and placing 43rd. Photo by Mary Paulson

Top 10 finish for Knights at Sycamore
SYCAMORE—Losing quite a few runners to graduation in May has thrust more Knights into the varsity fray for the Kaneland boys cross country squad. Despite that, the Knights kicked off the 2014 campaign with a seventh-place team finish at the annual Sycamore Invitational at Afton Forest Preserve in DeKalb Tuesday.

“Looking at the powerful lineup of teams that field this invitational, we were very interested in seeing how our team faced off,” head coach Chad Clarey said. “Coming away with seventh was a very nice start for our team. Some programs have had a few races under their belts, so we like the opening results.”

Leading the way for the Knights were seniors Brandon Park and Mitch Reger. Park finished 36th in 17 minutes, 48 seconds, while Reger was .1 second behind in 37th.

“Reger was a nice surprise to be our No. 2 tonight,” Clarey said.

Following the seniors were a pair of juniors—Will Kuipers (43rd, 18:00.9) and Sean Spaetzel (45th, 18:04.3)—that completed a 16-second 1-4 split for the Knights.

“16 seconds between our top four scoring runners is pretty sweet,” Clarey said.

Junior Aaron French, in his first varsity race, finished 63rd overall in 18:47.7 to complete the scoring five—and a 59-second split. Senior James Walker (72nd, 19:07.9) and junior Zach Kurz (103rd, 20:14.9) rounded out the top seven Knights.

Another bright spot for the Knights was a freshman/sophomore race victory for freshman Matthew Ritchman. The rookie completed the 2.42 mile course in 13:31.3, 10 seconds ahead of Stephen Poorten of Sycamore. The freshman/sophomore team placed third as a unit in the 13-team field.

“We certainly have room to grow, but there are a lot of great things we saw tonight, and from such an inexperienced group,” Clarey said. “Losing a lot of depth to graduation hurt us; however, we see this as a fresh start with a new group of hard-working athletes. They pack up well, understand our same approach to racing, and leave everything out on the course.”

The Knights travel to the Harvest Christian Invitational at 9 a.m. Saturday.

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